The UFC has announced several bouts for their upcoming events.
The Ultimate Fighter Season Seven Finale
Jeremy Horn will face off against Dean Lister in a middleweight bout. Both are highly experienced and technical ground fighters.
TUF finales have traditionally consisted of the season’s cast members squaring off against each other. It appears that won’t be the case this season. Matthew Riddle, who was eliminated on last night’s episode, shed some light on the situation to MMAJunkie.com.
“The people who didn’t fight up to par got the boot and got cut. I think the UFC’s just getting so big that they’re only going to take the best.
“A lot of the guys from the cast weren’t invited to fight at the finale.”
Although it has yet to be formally announced by the UFC, James Irvin is set to replace an injured Chuck Liddell in a match against Rashad Evans. A Michael Bisping-Chris Leben match-up is also rumored, as an addition to the card and possibly as the main event.
After Frank Mir’s bout against Justin McCully at UFC 86 was mysteriously pulled from the UFC’s website, rumors surfaced that a Heavyweight Championship match between UFC Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera and Frank Mir may fill in as the main event. This, however, should be considered speculation.
Also worth noting is whether the card will stay on PPV or will be moved to Spike TV. In a matter of hours, it went from PPV to Spike, then back to PPV, apparently due to an error by UFC.com. We can only hope.
Several previously rumored fights were officially confirmed by the UFC for UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin. Among them were:
- Josh Koscheck vs. Chris Lytle
- Patrick Cote vs. Ricardo Almeida
- Cole Miller vs. Jorge Gurgel
As mentioned above, Frank Mir and Justin McCully have been pulled from the card, leading to speculation that Mir may challenge for the heavyweight title at UFC 85.